Reference 3. 1
a treble clef.
Bang & Olufsen store in downtown Boston.
While the speakers can be set up wirelessly in up to 16 rooms with a system like
BeoSound 9000, Pennington recommends
wiring for optimal sound quality.
For the more tech-oriented ear, Califor-nia-based Gallo Acoustics offers the Nucleus
Reference 3. 1. Appropriately reminiscent of a
treble clef, this speaker is not only handsome,
but is also engineered with heady technical
The 3. 1 uses newly patented technologies that improve high and low frequency extension. The CDTII tweeter gives the 3. 1 its
rich sound, says William Fried, vice president
of operations for Gallo Acoustics. “The tweeter is what gives the speaker its presence; it
fills the room with sound,” he says. Similarly,
another patented technology called S2 makes
these small speakers sound bigger, especially
on the low end.
An optional mesh grille is available to
case the speaker, but the design also proves
fresh sans cover. Three finishes (black, cherry
maple, and natural) are avail-
for more able for the base of the speaker.
see Fried says that many people
resources purchase the speakers for the
forward-looking design before learning the
shape has everything to do with the quality of
When incorporating speakers into a
home, interior designer Abbey Koplovitz,
principal of Boston-based AbbeyK Inc., finds
that “for audiophiles, the speakers take center
stage. They want to be able to see the speakers.” If someone wants them hidden, she
notes, then sound isn’t their goal.
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